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Charles S. Burton Indicted for Aggravated Murder with Death Penalty Specifications

Michelle D. Burton Indicted for Complicity

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley announces that on August 25, 2023, the Meigs County Grand Jury returned indictments against Charles S. Burton, 48, of Belpre, Ohio, and Michelle D. Burton, 53, of Belpre, Ohio, related to the August 7, 2023 homicide of Tina Johnson.

Charles S. Burton was indicted for two counts of Aggravated Murder, each an unclassified felony, each with two accompanying death penalty specifications; Murder, an unclassified felony; two counts of Aggravated Robbery, each a felony of the first degree; two counts of Kidnapping, each a felony of the first degree; one count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree; and two counts of Complicity, each a felony of the third degree.

Michelle D. Burton was indicted for one count of Complicity to Aggravated Murder, an unclassified felony; one count of Complicity to Murder, an unclassified felony; two counts of Tampering With Evidence, each a felony of the third degree; one count of Complicity, a felony of the third degree; and four counts of Obstructing Justice, each a felony of the third degree.

The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Ohio Major Crimes Task Force investigated this matter with assistance from Ohio BCI, the Meigs County Coroner’s Office, the Meigs County EMS, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Belpre Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Parkersburg Police Department, and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.